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David B Baird

Nuclear Mechanical Engineer

As a Systems Engineer for the Research Reactors Division in the Neutron Sciences Directorate at ORNL, Mr. Baird is responsible for the safe, reliable, and efficient operation of the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR).  This 85MW reactor is the highest flux reactor-based source of neutrons for research in the United States, and it provides one of the highest steady-state neutron fluxes of any research reactor in the world, enabling world-class capabilities for neutron scattering, isotope production, materials irradiation, neutron activation analysis, and nuclear physics.

Mr. Baird came to ORNL in February of 2020 to join the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) Systems Engineering group as a Mechanical Engineer. Currently, Mr. Baird is assigned to support the HFIR Reactor Core Components, Control Rod Drive System, Emergency Diesel Generators, as well as several other systems throughout the HFIR.

Mr. Baird holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee.